Definition of williwaw in English:


Syllabification: wil·li·waw
Pronunciation: /ˈwilēˌwô


A sudden violent squall blowing offshore from a mountainous coast.
More example sentences
  • It is the term used in the Aleutians for a cold storm, and williwaws were the conditions during this conflict.
  • We get going early to beat the williwaws and are soon becalmed.
  • Black water and williwaws are different degrees of the same phenomenon.


mid 19th century: of unknown origin.

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